He's considered a pioneer in self-publishing. His blog, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing, gets several million hits per year, and Konrath has been featured in Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Playboy, USA Today, Time, Woman's World, the LA Times, and the NY Times among
many other periodicals. He also blogs for the Huffington Post.
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You openly allow other authors to write stories using your characters. If you could borrow any character from a book, movie or TV show and put him/her in one of your stories, who would it be?
I’m all for reforming copyright laws, and have blogged about this extensively. Who doesn’t want to see Kirk, Starbuck, and Ripley run into Han and Chewy? Or for Donald Duck and Woody Woodpecker to confound Elmer Fudd? How much fun would a retro 70s movie be if Dirty Harry was forced to deal with The Terminator? Or The Predator? Or both?
What’s one thing you see self-published authors doing to promote themselves/their work that pisses you off?
I’m not keen on the scammers. Those who are trying to manipulate Kindle Unlimited to pay off like a slot machine using tricks rather than good writing. When we all share a pot, and you’re linking to the back of a 3000 page book of filler in order to get false KENP reads, you’re not a rebel bucking the system or a genius who exploited a loophole. You’re a dick. Period.
Which one of your books would you most like to see made into a movie, and who would play the lead role(s)?
Endurance would make a really messed up horror movie. But I would insist on playing every role myself.
My most commercial idea remains Origin. The government has Satan in a secret underground research lab. Lots of cool monsters in that. I’d love to collect those action figures.
If you could co-author a book with anyone you haven’t worked with before, who would it be and why? (feel free to time-travel on this one--it can be any author, living or dead)
I never got to meet Michael Crichton. He was just so… good. Technothrillers take the longest time to write, because of all the science involved. I would have really enjoyed brainstorming with him, watching his writing process. The guy was the best there ever was.